Packaging equipment maker plans $2.4 million Sylvania expansion
Posted By: The Toledo Blade on July 19, 2023. For more information, please click here to read the source article.
Innovative Handling, an automation and materials-handling equipment maker, is planning a $2.4 million addition to its production complex and engineering offices in Sylvania.
The company has received a 75 percent, 10-year tax abatement on the assessed value of the addition and equipment as approved by the Lucas County Commissioners on Tuesday. It was approved as a Community Reinvestment Area Agreement, county documents said.
Innovative Handling is expanding to accommodate business growth, said founder and chief executive Nick Orzechowski. The company uses robotics to design and build automation systems for centralized packaging, load and unload systems, and custom materials-handling lines for customers.
Innovative Handling specializes in custom designing automation that allows customers to bag and package building and consumer products, said Mr. Orzechowski, who started the company in 2001. He said the company has a three-year backlog of orders, necessitating more space and employees. “We’re growing by leaps and bounds,” he said.
The company expects to add five jobs to a workforce of 26 full-time staff. It is seeking engineers, project manager, machine builders, and robot programmers, he said.
Construction commences this month for completion by January 2024, according to the company’s application to the Lucas County Department of Planning and Development.
The increase in employees is expected to result in about $200,000 of additional payroll to the current annual payroll of $432,793, the application noted.
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